New online program seeks to diversify K-12 principals

Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University are launching a new scholarship program to increase the number of school principals of color in partnership with New Leaders, a nonprofit focused on training equity-minded K-12 administrators .

The online Principals Certification and Masters Program aims to foster greater diversity among school leaders. Half of all K-12 public school students identify as people of color, compared to just one-fifth of principals. Only 11% of managers are black and 9% are Hispanic.

“This will create the much-needed pipeline of diverse school leaders who are ready to make bold, transformational change to serve our schools, our students and their families, and our communities,” said New Leaders CEO Jean Desravines, in a press release. “This is a national crisis that demands nothing less than our full attention and strongest commitment to ensure that every student has a chance to succeed.”

The online platform for the Aspiring Principals Scholarship will be developed by Noodle, a company that creates online and hybrid higher education programs.

“Our children need guidance and care from principals who understand the unique cultural experiences, proud heritage and sometimes difficult socio-economic circumstances that affect learning opportunities for young black students and those from other minority groups,” David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse, said in the statement.

Karen O. Fielding